Arsenal accused of costing midfielder his place in the national team

Lucas Torreira joined Fiorentina on a season-long loan deal this summer, but he blames Arsenal for his lack of international football.

The midfielder spent last season with Atletico Madrid, a club he claimed it was a dream to be joining, and failed to secure regular playing time under Diego Simeone as they went on to lift the La Liga title together.

Despite allowing him to leave and join Atletico last term knowing he wasn’t expected to play a key role in north London, he told journalist Alfredo Padulla that his lack of international football is down to the Gunners.

“At Arsenal, I had little continuity of late, which also cost me the call-up to the Uruguay national team in the last chunk of the World Cup qualifiers,” Torreira is quoted as saying in SportWitness.

“With a cool head, maybe it was better this way, because I had more time to work at Fiorentina and to fit into the manager’s plans.”

It’s rather cheeky to blame us for his downfalls, especially when he admittedly struggled to settle in London, and we appeared to have been open about his role in the side, and allowed him to seek out loan moves away from the club, although Torreira does strike me as one of those who doesn’t take account for his own actions.

Should Torreira not be looking at his own flaws than blaming Arsenal?


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  1. He literally made a public statement a few weeks ago stating that he was waiting on Boca but no contact came. He is not blaming Arsenal and if you look at his quotes he just says that is why it happened. This is a guy who did not like living in the UK and we’ve made sure he gets loans every since because the market collapsed and nobody would buy him. He’s obviously not accusing us but those in the media with agenda against Arsenal are pretending he is and now it’s made it’s way here.

    1. Angus, to make your observations worse, it’s Patrick (an avid Arsenal fan) who is suggesting this!!
      Torreria was great when he arrived, but became a casualty of MA’s shake up.
      I have no issues whatsoever with him, as he has always acted as a professional and never brought the club into disrepute.

      1. Not a casualty of MA’s shake up just to be clear. It came out under Emery he was unhappy in the UK and his agents were shopping him around then.

      2. @ken
        You are being disingenuous.
        Didn’t Torreira start struggling under Emery? Wasn’t he dropped by Emery?

        He started off well but them a few months into that first season he started struggling. Was always bullied off the ball. Started complaining about how he can’t adjust to the UK. How he misses his family. Blah blah..

        1. It is no coincidence that he started struggling under Emery when he was played out of position,higher up the pitch to press defenders.

          1. @siamois
            So then what happened when he went on loan to AT.Madrid?
            These primadonna over pampered princesses have to start taking personal responsibility for their shortcomings.

          2. @Goonster,when LT talked with Someone before moving to AM he explained that the plan was to play him alongside TP,which didn’t happen after we signed him,Simeone had to change his plans after that,in the meantime LT was going to be slowly eased into the team but by then AM were winning and top of the table,it was always going to be very difficult to break into the side,as you know you do not change a winning team.

  2. OMG, fellas will stoop to any level to blame Mikel, what a disgrace. This fella came to the EPL and one of the biggest clubs to play under a very decent European winner knowing that it is a physical league, flopped big time. Should have redeemed himself at Atleti, but no. A flop will be a flop.A masquerader will remain a masquerader. Now let him show us his skills with Flo. Even Boca do not rate him or else there would have been an enquiry at least. In fact I would say his presence here is blocking us from hiring a top top MF player.Can we have the next article on how player “A” sneezed in the washroom and Mikel is responsible?

  3. As much as I liked him at first, all I hear about Torreira is him whinging. Maybe it’s exaggerated by the media to some extent, but given the numerous failed loan moves & lack of takers, even from non-European leagues, it seems to me that he is another one Arsenal need to get rid of permanently ASAP.

  4. An example of the numerous bad buys which unfortunately been a feature of our recruitment during the last 5/6 years.The latest batch of younger signings fills me with more hope ,but our failure to secure Bissouma is a big disappointment.In Willian, Cedric and Mari, the Edu/Arteta axis got off to a woeful start but let’s hope they have learned their lesson and concentrate on bringing in more talented young players, like Lokonga who I believe has a great future in the game.

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